noun \ˈshēf\

: a bunch of stalks and ears of grain that are tied together after being cut

: a group of things fastened together

plural sheaves \ˈshēvz\

Full Definition of SHEAF

:  a quantity of the stalks and ears of a cereal grass or sometimes other plant material bound together
:  something resembling a sheaf of grain <a sheaf of papers>
:  a large amount or number
sheaf·like \ˈshēf-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of SHEAF

  1. <contends that casino gambling would generate a sheaf of social problems for the state>

Origin of SHEAF

Middle English sheef, from Old English scēaf; akin to Old High German scoub sheaf, Russian chub forelock
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to SHEAF

abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, lot, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

Rhymes with SHEAF

SHEAFLIKE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈshēf\
plural sheaves \ˈshēvz\

Definition of SHEAF for Kids

:  a bundle of stalks and ears of grain
:  a group of things fastened together <a sheaf of papers>


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